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Make Jeff Roe Great Again

James Uthmeier and Ryan Tyson are trusted Ron DeSantis loyalists, suggesting once again that the key qualification to lead the DeSantis campaign is fidelity to Ron and Casey.
James Uthmeier and Ryan Tyson are trusted Ron DeSantis loyalists, suggesting once again that the key qualification to lead the DeSantis campaign is fidelity to Ron and Casey. Photo: John Tully/Getty Images
Tara Palmeri
August 10, 2023

Another day, another DeSantis campaign shakeup. This time it was defenestrator Generra Peck who was defenestrated, herself, from campaign manager to “chief campaign strategist,” and replaced by the relatively unknown James Uthmeier, the 35-year-old former chief of staff in the governor’s office, who has never run a campaign. 

What does it all mean? Dysfunction, of course, and perhaps what the press corps has been saying all along, for years: DeSantis isn’t ready for primetime. So much for the hopes and dreams among donors for a no-drama Trump alternative. Incredibly, the third DeSantis reboot is starting to make Trump’s campaign look comparatively drama-free, except for the weekly ritual of fresh indictments.